MotoGP »

Pedrosa heads Qatar warm-up

Dani Pedrosa fastest during Sunday's warm-up session ahead of the season-opening Qatar MotoGP.
The final track session before tonight's season-opening Qatar MotoGP race saw Dani Pedrosa finally end new Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner perfect domination of the timesheets.

Stoner had been fastest in all four track sessions heading into Sunday, with Pedrosa second on each occasion.

The Spaniard then went one better in the 20-minute warm-up, when he replaced Stoner at the top by 0.160sec.

Stoner, a three-time winner of the Qatar Grand Prix for Ducati, pitted several minutes before the end of the session.

Stoner's last four laps (of his six warm-up laps) were all in the 1min 55.5sec. Pedrosa's run of eight fast laps varied from 1min 55.3sec to 1min 56.3sec.

The front-row qualifying order was repeated in warm-up with world champion Jorge Lorenzo third for Yamaha.

The #1 was only 0.337sec from Pedrosa, raising hopes that he might hang with the top Hondas. Lorenzo looked comfortable in the high 1min 55sec range - close to Pedrosa's average, but a few tenths off Stoner.

Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies claimed fourth place, but 0.772sec from Pedrosa and didn't lap below 1min 56sec.

Randy de Puniet, who qualified just eleventh, had a strong session to take fifth for Pramac Ducati (+0.835sec), with Andrea Dovizioso sixth (+0.866sec), Marco Simoncelli seventh (+0.942sec) and Valentino Rossi eighth (+1.280sec).

The race will start in just under four hours, at 10:00pm local time, which is later than any track session so far this weekend.

Grip levels could also be altered by the upcoming 125cc and Moto2 races.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa, Qatar MotoGP 2011
Nakagami, Oliveira, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Edgar Pons, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Isaac Vinales, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Schrotter, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Cortese, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Quartararo, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Pawi, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Isaac Vinales, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Quartararo, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Aegerter, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Kent, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Luthi, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Morbidelli, Luthi, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Morbidelli leads start, Moto2 race, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Vinales overtakes Dovizioso, Qatar MotoGP Race 2017
Rossi, Qatar MotoGP 2017
Smith, Qatar MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.